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Anne of Cleves Cake Copycat Recipe

Anne of Cleves Cake Recipe

Anne of Cleves, also known as Anne of Denmark or Anne of Cleves and Jülich, was the fourth wife of King Henry VIII. She is often remembered for being the only one of his wives to escape unscathed from their tumultuous marriage.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 427kcal


  • cake pan
  • mixing bowl


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups hot coffee
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Make sure to properly grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  • In a bowl, combine the essential ingredients that will bring this Anne of Cleves Cake to life. This includes eggs, vegetable oil, hot coffee (yes, you read that right!), baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, brown sugar, unsalted butter, milk, cocoa powder, and all-purpose flour. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the mixture until it becomes smooth and well-incorporated.
  • Carefully pour your cake batter into the prepared pan and use a spatula to even out the top if necessary.
  • Slide the pan into the preheated oven and let it bake for approximately 35-40 minutes. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake; if it comes out clean, your cake is ready to be taken out of the oven.
  • Allow your cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing it and placing it on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once your cake has cooled, it’s time for the fun part – garnishing and serving! Add your desired toppings or simply enjoy the rich flavors of this delicious treat as is. For an extra touch, top with a dollop of whipped cream.


  • To make the cake extra rich, you can use brewed coffee instead of water when preparing the hot coffee for the batter.
  • You can also add chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the batter for added texture and flavor.
  • Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before starting to ensure a smooth and even mixture.
  • For a more indulgent treat, you can also drizzle some melted chocolate or caramel sauce on top of the cake before serving.
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